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Injury woe for Madrid and Bayern

Published: Monday 7 March 2005, 11.00CET
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Published: Monday 7 March 2005, 11.00CET

Injury woe for Madrid and Bayern

David Beckham and Roy Makaay were injured as looks at the form of the teams in action on Wednesday.

There were some fresh injury concerns for sides needing second-leg victories in Wednesday's first knockout round matches. rounds up the latest news from the clubs concerned.

Juventus FC v Real Madrid CF

Madrid are worried about David Beckham's fitness as they travel to Turin with a 1-0 first-leg lead. The England captain was taken off in the second half of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Valencia CF with a back injury. Madrid were without Michael Owen (stomach bug), Zinedine Zidane (groin) and Raúl González (flu) but all should recover to face Juve, while Ronaldo's goal will have boosted his confidence. Last Wednesday, Madrid won 3-1 against Real Betis Balompié, when Owen, Roberto Carlos and Iván Helguera scored. Míchel Salgado is still out with a knee injury.

Recent flu victim David Trezeguet came on for the last nine minutes of Juve's 2-1 Serie A victory against AS Roma and looks likely to start against Madrid, possibly spearheading a three-pronged attack with Alessandro Del Piero and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Fabio Cannavaro and Del Piero sealed Saturday's victory. Juventus will be without the injured Pavel Nedved and Paolo Montero, as well as the suspended Manuele Blasi, for the visit of Madrid.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Liverpool FC
Brazilian defenders Juan and Roque Junior both missed Leverkusen's 1-0 Bundesliga defeat at Hamburger SV on Saturday - although the former should be fit for the visit of Liverpool. Juan's ankle injury is not considered serious enough to rule him out of the BayArena contest, which Leverkusen must win by two clear goals, after their 3-1 first-leg reverse, to have any chance of progressing.

Djimi Traore, Harry Kewell and Dietmar Hamann all missed Liverpool's 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United FC on Saturday and are not guaranteed starters in Leverkusen. Goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek watched from the substitutes' bench nursing a shin injury as 19-year-old Scott Carson made his first start.

AS Monaco FC v PSV Eindhoven
Monaco welcome PSV knowing they must overturn a 1-0 deficit if they are to progress. They were held to a goalless draw at home by FC Metz on Saturday but were given a lift when Uruguayan striker Ernesto Chevantón returned after two months out with an ankle injury while Julien Rodriguez is back after a thigh problem. Goalkeeper Flavio Roma is expected to be fit after his own thigh injury, although defender Sébastien Squillaci (ankle) remains doubtful. Javier Saviola's extra-time winner at Stade Rennais FC in midweek earned Monaco a French Cup quarter-final place.

John de Jong's bruised toe is PSV's only fresh injury worry. The Eredivisie leaders had their weekend game postponed due to snow but warmed up for the second leg of their last-16 encounter by defeating Top Oss 6-1 in the Dutch Cup quarter-finals on Thursday. Brazilian winter signing Robert made a stunning debut by scoring three goals after Michael Lamey put PSV ahead. DaMarcus Beasley scored the fourth goal and captain Mark van Bommel the last. Wilfred Bouma and Johann Vogel were both rested.

Arsenal FC v FC Bayern München
Roy Makaay and Mehmet Scholl both have thigh injuries and will miss Bayern's trip to London. The Bundesliga leaders have a 3-1 lead from the first leg but will be without their star striker after Makaay went off injured in Saturday's 1-0 win against Werder Bremen. Claudio Pizarro, who scored a hat-trick in Bayern's 7-0 midweek German Cup triumph against SC Freiburg, is likely to lead the line.

Thierry Henry's hat-trick gave Arsenal a 3-0 home Premiership victory against Portsmouth FC on Saturday. But the London club, who defeated Sheffield United FC on penalties in their midweek FA Cup replay, will be without two key centre-halves against Bayern after Pascal Cygan joined Sol Campbell on the sidelines with a thigh strain. Dennis Bergkamp, Edu, Robert Pires and José Antonio Reyes could all return.

Last updated: 07/03/05 12.31CET

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